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Supplies Needed to Start a Nail Tech Business

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Starting a nail technician business consists of more than few bottles of nail polish and a creative decor. In addition to a solid business plan and marketing goals, you need certain supplies to effectively and efficiently serve your clientele. The right start-up supplies for a nail tech shop enable you to provide a range of services to build your clientele and your business overall.

Nail Products

Nail techs need an array of polish hues and types, nail polish remover, acrylic powder, nail tips and quick dry spray for clients on the go. Purchase quantities according to the size of your shop. If it is small space and just you as a technician, then a few bottles of remover, drying spray and a acrylic powder, as well as two bottles each of the basic nail colors should suffice; larger shops require purchases in bulk, perhaps from a supply house, so that you have several bottles of everything. These are the basic essentials to get you started, however, as you build your business and add services, you may need to add different types of products accordingly.

Tools/General Supplies

Tools or general supplies needed to get your nail tech business off the ground include nail cutters, nail files, cuticle creams and orange sticks and an assortment of brushes, cotton balls, hand soap, towels, acrylic adhesive and other supplies for the services you offer. It is best to buy general supplies in bulk, since you will likely use them for each client.

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Depending on the types of nail services you offer, you might need a few different types of nail appliances. Your equipment may include a warming light, a commercial foot bath for pedicure clients and an electric buffer for clients getting acrylic nails. For the business end, you need a cash register and a credit card machines, since many clients pay via credit and debit cards.


In addition to your general products and tools, you need a few key pieces of furniture. You'll need chairs for your clients to sit in while they get their nails done, as well as a nail station on which you can work. If you can't invest in a commercial nail station, then start with a simple table or desk on which you can work until you can upgrade. You may also want a television for clients to watch as they get their nails done.

About the Author

Lynda Moultry Belcher is a writer, editor and public relations professional. She worked for a daily newspaper for 10 years and has been a freelance writer for more than 15 years. She has contributed to Divorce360 and Revolution Health Group, among other publications. She is also the author of "101 Plus-Size Women's Clothing Tips" and writes "Style At Any Size," a bi-weekly newspaper column.

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